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Will an Oral Piercing Impact Your Oral Health?
The instances of getting oral piercings have gone up significantly over the last decade or so. It went from something only a rare few did to something that's become more mainstream. However, the problems with oral piercings are not nearly as well-known. Dentists are starting to see a lot more problems in their offices with injuries to teeth that could have been avoided. If you are determined to get an oral piercing or already have one, make sure you know the dangers you are likely to face.

Oral piercings can bump around near a lot of soft tissues. They may only do a little damage here or there, but that damage does add up. When a post hits a tooth, it can easily crack or chip the tooth. Again, the damage may not be noticed right away, but it can add up. Oral piercings also increase the instances of foreign bacteria in the mouth, which can lead to increased gum disease, abscesses, and infection anywhere within the mouth.

Getting an oral piercing may look cool now, but a mouthful of chipped or broken teeth won't look so good in a few years. It isn't a matter of if your mouth will get damaged by your oral piercing. It is quite literally a matter of when. Perhaps you will get lucky and it won't happen for a while. However, you may also fall into the group of people who suffer from these problems within a matter of months or less.

Best Crunchy Foods to Snack On
There are a lot of foods that can qualify as a snack. Unfortunately, not all of those foods are good for your mouth. If you want to keep some healthy snack foods on hand that can double as good for your mouth, here are a few really good ideas.

Some veggies are really good for helping to clean your teeth as you chew them up. Make sure you regularly consume celery and carrots as snacks if you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Fruits are also a good option if you pick the right ones. Make sure the next time you go to the store, you pick up apples and pears. Fruits with high water content and fiber are great for naturally cleaning your teeth although they are not a substitute for brushing with a toothbrush.

Of course, one non-crunchy food everyone should snack on is CHEESE! The casein protein found in cheese has been well researched to help prevent tooth decay by helping to create a bacterial environment in the mouth that limits cavity bacteria. Yay!

Can Vitamin Supplements Improve Your Gum Health?
Good news for people who are concerned about their gum health: vitamins C and D are thought to improve and prevent gum disease.

Vitamin C
There is a well-known link between gum disease and vitamin C deficiency, as people with low vitamin C intake levels are thought to have higher rates of gum disease. This vitamin is thought to help because it is used to accelerate the regeneration of bone and to repair connective tissues.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce your chances of developing gum disease. Studies have found that people with high vitamin D levels in their blood were less likely to notice bleeding gums and other symptoms. Sun exposure is one of the best possible sources of this vitamin, and supplements are also available.

Dr. Jake and his Team would love to hear from you! Got a question? We can help!

Jacob O. Layer DMD, PC | www.layerdental.com | 541-734-0970
1485 East McAndrews Rd., Medford, OR 97504



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